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Luke 21: 34-36
Saturday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
I will pray today for the soul in purgatory who was most distracted or least prepared for “that day” of his death.
by Father Edward Hopkins, LC | Source: Catholic.net
Dear Jesus, I believe in you and in the
Kingdom you are building in and through me. I believe in the value of my sacrifice and struggles
united to yours. I hope to arrive to heaven when you say it is time. I wish to spend myself for
those I should love the most.
Rouse my heart, Lord, to live in
1. Drowsy Hearts:
Our life is a time of preparation, not only for an
eternal friendship with God, but for the “assault” of the “tribulations” that must come first. The
spiritual battle is real, whether or not we are aware of it, whether or not we want it. We fight
each day and in many ways, but the battle is ultimately won in the depths of our hearts. All that
puts our hearts to sleep and gives us a false sense of security must be avoided. I may not “carouse
and get drunk” in the typical fashion, but do I wander about seeking satisfaction from the world? Am
I superficial in my judgments? Do I become so engrossed and absorbed in material matters, works and
worries that I am unable to pursue my spiritual life and vocation with a clear and focused
2. That Day:
It seems that none of us will escape the trial of that
last day. For some it will be sudden and painful, for others it will be prolonged and difficult. But
we are all mortal creatures. The great saints all lived with their end in mind. Death was a healthy
meditation that moved them to live the present day to the full. Death is the door to my real life.
The anticipation of that day need not rob us of joy; rather, it must call us to love. How I live
this day determines how I will live “that day” and the everlasting day of eternal life with God. How
do I want to live that day?
3. Vigilance and Prayer:
This is how Jesus invited his
closest friends, the apostles, to live “that day” of his Passion: “Watch and pray that you may not
enter into temptation” (Matthew 26:41). The final words of the Our Father must find resonance with
how we live. Vigilance requires awareness not only of the enemies and threats that surround us, but
also of the weaknesses within us. These elements are at work each day, and so we must be on guard
each day to check their influence. This must be the simple and serene priority in our life. But it
must always lead us to Christ, to stand before him sincerely and trustingly in prayer. Prayer and
vigilance lead to each other. If we do not make prayer the air we breathe, we will suffocate in a
polluted world. How much importance am I giving to my habits and life of
Conversation with Christ:
Grant me, dear Jesus, a sense of urgency. Wake
from any drowsiness or spiritual carelessness.
Allow me to see both the
threats and opportunities for
my life of grace. Keep before my eyes the real meaning
of my life and the limited time I have to conquer and to grow in love.
I will pray today for the soul in purgatory who was most
distracted or least prepared for “that day” of his death.
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